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CP news for coordinators and CP teachers
Here you will find updates on the CP as well as spotlights on the new standards and practices and additional support material to aid collaboration and understanding amongst staff and students. Creating a greater concurrency between programmes forms a major part of your five year plan as you work towards evaluation. The focus predominantly here is on the core and how utilising the standards and practices can draw together all aspects of the CP experience for the students.
Service Learning as Action
Service Learning is a compulsory element of the CP core, constituting a minimum 50 hours of the student's CP course. Whether you are well established in your DP and CP course offerings or completely new to the CP as you prepare for authorisation, consider using Service Learning as a way to focus on skill development explicitly. Another way for them to make connections with other elements of their course but also prepare for the skills they will truly need in the future.
Out of acorns, grow mighty oaks
Welcome to the first stage of the ThinkIB CP website! Access free teaching ideas, resources and advice on the reflective project. This autumn, the focus is on developing resources for the Personal and Professional Skills part of the Core. Whether you are new to the CP or are an experienced centre, join in and help make this a really supportive, open-minded and creative community. It has been fantastic to know this is starting to help teachers support the CP in their school. Fantastic to see the subscriptions growing and thank you for the positive feedback.
Making up on of the four key core elements, Language Development celebrates the individual's unique lifelong relationship with language learning and intercultural understanding. The role that culture and traditions might play in the student's 50 hours of language development can be overlooked in favour of a more traditional language acquisition course. Is this missing an opportunity? Irrespective of how you approach this, how can the students get the most out of the experience?
The personal development of the student is clearly paramount in the CP. This page introduces the theme for students to find their motivation, vision and 'buy-in' they need for their CP course and life beyond. Topics such as Setting expectations and Confidence building, as well as Stress management and specific focus on Careers, Pathways and Life Skills are coming soon. Ready made lessons, research and all clearly indicate learning objectives and multiple themes addressed.
What is PPS?
Personal and Professional Skills is a compulsory component of the CP core: a 90 hour course of personal and professional transferable skills for students to develop over the two years of the CP course. It is just one of the elements of the CP Core but at the heart of what makes this IB programme unique; schools can create a course that is bespoke for their students’ individual needs and school community not only to fulfil the requirements of the CP course but also to prepare them fully for future pathways.
Getting students started
Students need to take ownership of their reflective projects; this page is about kickstarting the reflective project and establishing the Researcher's Reflection Space with recognising the usefulness of skills acquired so far, being introduced to the criterian, discussing ethical dilemmas and exploring cultural assumptions. Investigating ethical and cultural dimensions can help define the parameters of where their own investigation will lead.
Finding the ethical dimension, issue and dilemma
Finding a suitable ethical issue and dilemma to analyse critically is at the centre of the reflective project process. However a student also needs to be able to understand the ethical ramifications of their chosen issue and dilemma; they will need strategies to help apply ethical principles. Here we explore definitions and give helpful activity suggestions. Use with Ethical Thinking for ideas on how to differentiate between terms with ease and how to help students access the skills they need.
Why does the research question matter so much?
Without the right research question, there is a limit to how successful the whole reflective project can be. Yes, students will still have the opportunity to employ ethical, critical and reflective thinking but it is parallel to trying to run a marathon in flip flops. A question that is too narrow or too broad will make the process far more difficult. It can be frustrating to focus on something so seemingly small. Below are exercises that explore the ramifications of getting the question wrong.
Developing core needs
The Career-related Programme core makes the programme unique. It is a substantial course designed to focus on the individual students' needs and personal and professional development. It is also a place where students can reflect on and connect their individual DP and CRS courses and make a truly concurrent, student centred learning experience. Whilst the IB provides the framework and regulations must be adhered to, it is up to the school to create courses that bespoke for the needs, interests and background of their students.